Doing some follow up research on this threat to Delta Green and
humanity as we know it, I have arrived at some intriguing results.
It's well known that Cthulhu arises when "the stars are right". There
has been a lot of worthless speculation about what that means. But no-
one before me has had the guts to, well, type "astronomical events of
1925" into Google, actually.
At first, nothing much came up. But I persevered and eventually
discovered the formation of the Amateur Astronomical Association (of
America, henceforth AAA) in that year, following public excitement
due to the fact that "Mars and the earth were closer together on
August 22, 1924 than they would be for a long time. On January 24,
1925 New York witnessed a total eclipse of the Sun. Excitement ran
high on both occasions." (from the AAA website) Now, given his
fondness for both amateur associations and astronomy, I'd lay a
reasonable wager HPL was a founding member and was aware of these
"A long time". What does that mean? Well, in fact, the next
closest "favourable opposition" between Mars and Earth came in - wait
for it - July 2003. THis was touted as "the most favourable
opposition in 73,000 years" (uh-oh...) by starryskies.com
The AAA observes:
"Every 15 or 17 years, Mars makes these close approaches, called
favorable oppositions. There is also a long-term cycle of 79 years
where the circumstances of any particular Mars opposition will
replicate almost exactly. The planet was just 11,764 miles farther
from Earth than this past opposition on August 22, 1924. And in
another 79 years, on August 30, 2082, Mars makes another
exceptionally close approach to Earth, though again falling short of
matching 2003's approach, this time by 78,487 miles. In September of
2729, Mars will come within 34,579,931 miles of our world, the best
opposition in the next thousand years, and 66,487 miles closer than
last year's event."
So in 2003 we came even closer to Mars than in late 1924!
Now, 2003 was a bumper year for Mythos related events. In that year,
we saw the first capture, followed by many other sightings and
captures, of the giant pacific squid, a creature previously only
known from a sample found in a whale's stomach in - wait for it -
An inexplicable giant blob of jelly (aka dead shoggoth) washed up on
the coast of Chile:
And news of "the bloop", a bizarre sound from the bottom of the
pacific, was released, though it was claimed it occurred in 1997
In fact the year was full of inexplicable squid, jellyfish, whale,
etc activity across the pacific. Almost as if they were trying to get
away from something.
There was also a powerful undersea earthquake near Japan - but that's
kinda par for the course.
Cosmicly speaking, a total eclipse, as noted in '25, occurred in
Antarctica and across the south pacific:
and a bizarre pulsing intergalactic cloud, described by the team of
astronomers who found it as "beating like a heart" was found in our
Ghroth (I assume it's Ghroth) seems to be a long way away at the
moment. I guess Operation Convergence saw it depart. Otherwise, who
knows what might have happened?
In human cultural interest stories, ancient egyptian figures were
observed to move in a museum:
And "an ancient lost play was found stuffed inside a mummy, and
performed publicly in London" (no, really):
Someone screwed up badly there IMHO. PISCES should be thinking about
a court martial.
As in 1925, the scientific community responded with several studies
of dreams and nightmares:
but again, as in 1925, they failed to correlate their findings and
draw conclusions. Fools.
What the connection is between R'lyeh rising and Mars coming
exceptionally close, I know not. Gravitational stress, maybe? Still,
there's little doubt that the world came perilously close in 2003. If
Ghroth was still nearby instead of having been diverted by the Mi-Go,
that would have been IT.
OTOH, in cosmic terms, the 4 years between then and now are an
eyeblink. The Cult of Cthulhu is probably still operating, and given
their cultivation of people capable of long range planning, may well
be laying plans for 2082. A rising now might still be within
possibility if the big C hasn't yet gone back to bed.
What of course is most satisfying about this explanation is that it
explains something else that happened in 2003 - one of what became
many inexplicable postponements of Delta Green D20. Dennis, John and
A. Scott fed us so many bizarre cover stories. Inexplicable print
failings, contract renegings, computer file incompatibilities,
Chinese piracy. Why couldn't they tell us that they were engaged in a
desperate, worldwide struggle against the Cult of Cthulhu throughout
those years, and just couldn't spare the time for training
simulations when the real thing was going down? Do they no longer
trust their faithful cultists, er, agents?
Hopefully, the fact that the printing presses of Pagan are now
producing means that the worst of this threat has passed. And in the
light of this revelation of their selfless struggle against the
Mythos, I forgive them wholeheartedly for the delay, and even for the
cover-up. Someday, perhaps, they will tell us the story.
(most links supplied by www.bloopwatch.org)
--- In email@example.com
, "weirmonken06" <weirmonken06@...>
> Which leads me to the alternative I'd like to propose: the new Cult
> of Cthulhu. In the main Delta Green book it mentions that the
> Cult has disintegrated and now it is composed of individuals who
> insinuated themselves in the power structure but are unaware of
> other. Unaware, that is, until the stars come right and dread
> contacts them in their dreams.
> Now, a legion of sleeper agents across all levels of society hear
> that obscene music of Ry'leh in their dreams, promising power in
> exchange for servitude to the Great Old Ones. Some of these
> traditionally loners, artists and the emotionally sensitive, crack
> when faced with the cosmic horrors, charging into their schools or
> places of employment and enacting a personal apocalypse in a hail
> gunfire. Those who are capable of accepting such things, the
> businessmen and other practical sorts, accept Faustian bargains and
> work towards social entropy. They are:
> * Military strategists who push countries into senseless conflicts
> that destabilize the world stage, continuing to make matters worse
> intentionally sabotaging occupational forces and stirring up
> resentment amongst the native population.
> * Marketing agents who target children, instilling a sense of
> relentless consumerism at an early age, causing them not to
> the world outside of their immediate needs.
> * Human traffickers who develop compounds on U.S. soil of
> laborers, seperated from the larger society so that they can toil
> towards constructing some nameless and abhorrent monstrosity.
> * Statistical analysts who, through narrow-casting, develop
> personalized political strategies of hate-mongering that further
> divide humanity, ensuring that we're too busy fighting each other
> give any resistance when the stars come right.
> * Account managers for international finance organizations that
> ensure a growing disparity between the first and third world
> manipulative pratices, forcing privitization into economies that
> clearly are not ready for such steps.
> ... And the list goes on. These hidden cells of agents meet only in
> dreams, co-ordinating efforts under alien skies while they sleep,
> plotting humanity's end for the chance to survive the oncoming End.
> They do not dress in dark robes and cry out infernal names
> ecstatically in some ancient grove or swamp, but instead surround
> blending into the fabric of our everyday life. At least until they
> are well-hidden from prying eyes in exclusive country clubs or
> indulge in "corporate retreats".
> In this scenario, the people above DG are the enemy (and the people
> within), just like what you proposed with the Shans. No one can be
> trusted, for who knows what vile pacts they have made in that life
> beyond the waking world? DG becomes a puppet used to eliminate
> potential threats to the Mythos, from apocalyptic cults to
> investigators for national security. Yithians, Elder Things, Mi-Go,
> Shoggoths, Flying Polyps: these are rival species that can be
> eliminated to make way for the time that Ghroth fall into orbit and
> Ry'leth emerges from beneath the waves. The only way to root out
> traitors is dangerous and hallucinatory treks into nightmare worlds
> beyond human reason to confront them in dreams.
> Thinking along these lines, what if the downfall (and following
> merger) of MJ-12 and DG was intentional? It seems that Alzis may
> up being the culprit (his actions in Rules of Engagement certainly
> pushed DG over the precipice) but what strikes me is the
> between what is happening to DG in Through A Glass, Darkly and the
> stress cascade Dr. Yrjo designed for DG (as mentioned in the
> section of DG:C). What if this entire fiasco is a stress cascade
> developed not only for DG but also MJ-12? And what if it is because
> he has done so because of the dead god that sleeps in the south
> One last note: A recent study revealed that the most stressful
> occupational concern world-wide today is amongst CEOs who are
> planning for their retirement. This seems absurd, unless you
> that their retirement portfolio must account for the End Times.